Apple said to begin plans to return workforce to the office by summer
The tech giant was one of the first to sound the alarm about the coronavirus. Now it's becoming one of the first to return to its offices.
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Ian Sherr (he/him/his) grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, so he's always had a connection to the tech world. At CNET, he wrote about Apple, Microsoft, VR, video games and internet troubles. Aside from writing, he tinkers with tech at home, is a longtime fencer -- the kind with swords -- and began woodworking during the pandemic.
Companies around Silicon Valley are reconsidering their work-from-home strategies amid the coronavirus pandemic, telling employees they can work remotely after the crisis subsides.
is reportedly taking a different tack, sharing plans to potentially bring employees back to its offices by the summer.
maker is planning to open its offices in phases, according to a report in Bloomberg, which cited people familiar with the plan. The phase, which "has already begun in some regions globally," focuses on staff who can't work remotely or have faced challenges working away from the office. In July, the company plans to open offices more broadly. The plan is subject to local stay-at-home orders, Bloomberg's sources said.
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Like most tech giants, Apple's known for its focus on in-office work. It famously has tight security protecting future products under development, and strictly controls which employees can focus test upcoming releases outside the office. Other companies though appear willing to reconsider that approach.
Apple's plans to reopen its offices come as the company reopens its retail stores in Alabama, Alaska, Idaho and South Carolina this week. The company's instituted social distancing measures in the stores, and said it'll plan more reopenings based on government guidance and local health data. Apple's been paying retail workers while the stores have been closed.
Not everything at Apple will return to normal this year. The company's Worldwide Developers Conference, or WWDC, will be held entirely online when it starts on June 22. Previously, Apple's held its conference in San Jose, California.
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